LEDBURY Town made it to a third Herefordshire FA Charity Bowl cup final in the space of four years last weekend after beating Clee Hill United 2-0 at New Street. 

The clash was essentially decided at the end of the first period as new signing Rares Micula found the net from an eighth-minute corner before Clee Hill defender Freddie Barnes put it into his own net five minutes before half-time.

Clee pushed to get back into the game late on but Ledbury goalkeeper Alex Goode was rarely troubled as the hosts went on to book themselves a place in the final against Tenbury United. 

It was an energetic start from Ledbury, with a first attempt at goal from Ben Febery being palmed over the bar by opposing keeper Joe Whiteway. 

Febery tried again, charging in with a powerful volley that sent the ball soaring narrowly wide of the near post, with Tom Boyle’s second effort also sneaking just wide of the woodwork.

Then came the opener as Rares Micula took full advantage of Clee’s failure to clear a corner ball and get his side off the mark. 

A first real scare for Town occurred in the twelfth minute when the ball was struck underneath Tom Trigg, only to be saved by Goode to prevent the equaliser.

Clee's Whiteway was again called into action, charging out to beat Lewis Williams to the ball in the box, before the keeper did well to deflect a Ben Miller strike and deny a close-range effort from Williams on the rebound. 

The second eventually did come, five minutes before half-time. It was a rather unfortunate own-goal as Barnes suffered a moment to forget in firing the ball into his own net while attempting to clear from an onrushing Cosmin Micula. 

Ledbury played the second-half out in a professional manner, comfortably getting over the line and into the final. 

Back in the league, Ledbury will seek to further extend their reclaimed lead at the top of the Herefordshire Premier League table with a reverse fixture against Tenbury at New Street this coming weekend.